Characters with DID to be accurate don’t all of a sudden cope with the sudden periods of missing time. Missing time and being in a different place is scary and disorientating. DID effects the people around the person with it too.
People around those with DID can be very stressed out, worry about the person. When it comes to a child alter it is hard to know if the alter will age like a normal person or will be stuck at that age. Some will age others don’t.
DID is different for everyone who has.
Some people suffer from dissociative amnesia meaning the periods of time another personality is out they don’t remember what they got up to. It can go away in time but not always. They can forget a learned skill like cooking. Can find themselves in a strange place not knowing how they got there. These episodes can last minuets, hours or in rare cases months or years.
Some Females with DID may have Male alters. Man can have women alters too.
Some people will only have dissociative disorders of movement or sensation. meaning they have no feeling sensation like convulsions/seizures, paralysis or loss of sensation. No apparent physical cause seems to be communication problem within the brain. (can be confused with other neurological issues, like a stroke)
Dissociation is the way the brain copes with stress. The exact reason for it is unknown, it is thought to be caused by some kind of trauma.It is thought that it happens if a trauma occurs in childhood.
My experiences with DID
Luna here - we alters may not show ourselves to others until we are comfortable with them. We are the brains way of protecting its self. I am the newest of Soph’s alters. I’m still trying to get self settled in a way.
My turn Luna. So I’m Raven. Soph oldest alter. I seem myself as her protector simply because no one else would help her when she needed it. They may have if they knew what she was going through. But that’s not a conversation for here. I’m 15 years old. I have all of Soph’s memories. I like different things than her. Have my own dislikes too. It took about 7 months for me to feel comfortable enough with Soph’s SO. I started off asking small questions of him them built it up to the reveal. I was trying to think of how best to break it to him for a long time during that conversation. Honestly glad it did it. Pretending to be Soph all the time is exhausting mentally. I have someone I can be myself around.
Soph finds the ‘Switches’ exhausting. It might be the fact while she thinks the body is resting we are moving around doing what we want. Or her lack of sleep already. We don’t really know.
I have only been acting as myself since October 2019. I am 15 years old. I have been with Soph since she was 8.
Soph also has a little (child alter) she is the hardest person to get close to mostly because they experienced the worst thing in Soph’s life. So the little isn’t the happiest child in the world. She has physically tried to hurt herself just so she could stop reliving the pain over and over again. It took a long time to calm the little down enough to the point they have started to have a happier time as of late. Still scared of any kind of pain, but she is starting to build relationships with others.